NIGHT TO REMEMBER, A: DVD
A carefully reconstructed account of the sinking of the Titanic, with special focus on the fate of Second Officer Herbert Lightoller (Kenneth More).
"Of all the films dealing with events in the North Atlantic on the
evening of April 14, 1912, this British Rank production is still the best. It
may lack the special effects wizardry of James Cameron's 1997 Titanic but leaves
it for dead as drama. Adapted from Walter Lord's definitive book and free of any
fictitious sub-plots or silly love stories, A Night To Remember is a powerful
documentary-style chronicle of the fortunes of dozens of the ship's 2224
passengers, 705 of whom survived.
Of the multiple story-lines the strongest follows the heroics of Second
Officer Herbert Lightoller (Kenneth More) in the two and a half hours from the
‘unsinkable’ vessel's collision with the iceberg to its descent to Davy
Jones' Locker. More is splendid as the resolute and resourceful Lightoller but
Eric Ambler's screenplay, boasting more than 200 speaking parts, is the real
star of a film that paints the Titanic as a floating microcosm of British
society and explores its class structure through the reactions of passengers to
the disaster. Scenes of doors being locked on steerage passengers while some
cowardly aristocrats assume a divine right to survive are acted with a vivid
realism that lends great emotional weight to what's already a thrilling story.
The accumulation of heart-rending moments, many of them played out by
characters never glimpsed again, gives this depiction of the most famous
maritime incident of all time a haunting quality and inspires a desire to watch
the film many times over. Having noted that the special effects are not in the
same league as Cameron's computer generated set-pieces, it should be said that
there is nothing second rate about those served up by director Roy Ward Baker.
Exceptional for their time, they stand up very respectably today.
Available for the first time with Geoffrey Unsworth's beatiful black and
white 'Scope photography intact, A Night To Remember is a DVD release to
remember and to own without delay. The inclusion of 1993 documentary, The Making
of A Night To Remember, is a real treat. The recollections of producer William
MacQuitty and archival footage of the real Titanic make this even more of a must
for anyone interested in the enduring tale."
Published May 17, 2001
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NIGHT TO REMEMBER, A (PG)
CAST: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, David
DIRECTOR: Roy Ward Baker
RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: December 4, 2000
Widescreen, Interactive Menus, The Making of A Night to Remember (1 hour
documentary) Cast Biographies, Original UK and US Theatrical Trailers, Subtitles
for the Hearing Impaired, Scene Selections